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Muse on Booze

Welcome to our blog where we …errr, have a muse on booze.

Sammy and Jymi are just a couple of dudes who love the odd drink and also love to rate stuff, as we all do hey? So why not combine the two.

We review a beer every week and post it each weekend. So keep those eyes peeled now won’t you. As time ticks on we’ll be doing a few other booze related bits and bobs too, so again. EYES. PEELED!

See soon..

TWITTER: @museonbooze

 

RESPONSIBLY

BREWER: Cerne Abbas Brewery,  Dorset, England

STYLE: Beer / Ale

ABV: 2.8%

VESSEL: 500ml brown bottle

TWITTER: @CerneBrewery

INSTAGRAM: cerneabbasbrewery

DATE OF POST: 4th July 2020 

 

JYMI SAY’S…

“Have you ever tried this”, he said.

“No, I haven’t”, I replied.

“It’s great. I’m not saying it’s the best thing since sliced bread, but for a low alcohol beer it’s really good”, he stated.

“Sounds interesting”, I replied.

“Would you like me to get you and Sam a bottle each to do a review”, he offered.

“Faw shawa Daddy Cool”, I replied.

“Say again James”? he questioned.

“Yeah, definitely Dad, I’m intrigued, thanks” I replied.

 

So a week or so later Responsibly by Cerne Abbas arrived at the gates of Muse on Booze manor.

Two things instantly struck me. The look of the bottle in the flesh is not great, at all. Not inviting, at all. The design crew have had a shocker I’m sorry to say. And the fact that it’s 2.8% scared me, which is frankly ridiculous as almost six months ago we reviewed Simcoe Small Pale which was 2.9% and utterly fantastic. But scared I was still.

Deep blue lid lifted an aroma of sweet malts made its way toward zee nose… a pleasant surprise but nothing to get you excited really. Once sipped though there was suddenly A LOT to talk about!!

Right…

Whilst the glass is to the mouth Responsibly tastes absolutely fine, good in fact. However the second said glass leaves those lips it’s over. By over I don’t mean, it’s terrible or anything, I mean everything stops. Literally stops. The glass leaves your lips and the millisecond it does it is like you hadn’t ever taken a sip at all. This messed with my mind.

So, being a man with a penchant for scientific theory I decided to keep the sips going unbroken. A 10 second glug / chug fest confirmed that whilst ACTUALLY drinking this beer it is perfectly acceptable but the second you’re not it is like it never happened.

Brain. Explosion.

DRINK RESPONSIBLY (& KEEP KEEP KEEP DRINKING IT TO MAKE SURE IT TASTES GOOD).

Jymi’s Rating: 67%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

I’m not going to lie, I thought I’d hate Responsibility. I didn’t like the last beer I had from Cerne Abbas, the packaging is terrible and it’s only 2.8% (not that means a beer will be bad). So all the signs were there that a poor beer was in the offing.

Not so. Responsibility it actually surprisingly good. It’s crisp, has a nice upfront flavour and would be great at any time in the year. And despite it’s lightness, it’s not pathetic in it’s body. It’s actually very generous. It has presence and you know you’re drinking a beer, which is exactly what one wants. Of course, once finished the flavour doesn’t stick around for too long, but that’s okay. You can keep on going back for more.

I would describe Responsibly as a table beer. But as mentioned before, it would be good on any table for any occasion.

It just goes to show, even when things are stacked against a beer, they can still deliver. I thoroughly recommend getting out there and getting your hands (and mouth) on one of these. I’m willing to bet you’ll like it. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed because this is one for the masses.

Great job Cerne Abbas!

Sammy’s Rating: 75%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 71% 

 

MOB review next weekend: COBRA by COBRA BEER

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JJ WHITLEY NETTLE GIN

STYLE: London Dry

ABV: 38.6%

KEY BOTANICAL: Nettle 

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Lamb & Watt Basil Tonic and Mint Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Cambridge Lemon Verbena Tonic and Lime & Mint Garnish

 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday ingredients and method:

25ml Nettle Gin

25ml Sweet Red Vermouth

Dash Lemon Juice

Chilled Dry White Wine (Italian preferably) 

Shake the first three ingredients with ice. Strain into a tumbler. Top with the dry white wine.

 

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ROSE FOR DAZE

BREWER: Oskar Blues Brewery, Colorado, USA

STYLE: Rose Ale

ABV: 6%

VESSEL: 355ml tin

TWITTER: @oskarblues

INSTAGRAM: oskarblues

DATE OF POST: 27th June 2020

 

JYMI SAY’S…

This beer has taken me on quite the journey I have to say…

Let’s start with the name. Is it just me or would everything about the name of this beer, including how it looks on the tin just be better if the FOR was dropped. Rosé Daze seems an amazing name to me. Rosé for Daze seems… clunky. Also the font used for FOR is straight out of an 80s movie based in Beverly Hills. Just dump it Oskar.

Tin design wise I really like the flowers knocking around and the pink is pretty cool too. Though it really doesn’t look like a tin of beer, which is also quite cool, I suppose.

Once the can was cracked the journey really began to kick off…

Rosé, as in the wine, has never been on my hit list I have to say. There is always something about the dry cranberry yet fruity aftertaste that for some reason has never sat well with me. Now on the first sip of Rosé for Daze I had the exact same reaction as I do with a Rosé wine. Too much dry cranberry, just too much. I wasn’t that much of a fan.

But half way through the drink things began to change. Suddenly the mega dry cranberry thing began to level out. Suddenly the pear that was promised on the tin began to come through. Suddenly I began to not just like this brew but actually LOVE IT.

So I finished my glass up, sat back, breathed out after the whirlwind I had just encountered, closed my eyes… and smiled.

Jymi’s Rating: 75%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Everyone knows that different is good. Different is something to be championed. And, with Rose for Daze, the can is most certainly different. It’s pink for goodness sake. But that’s good, isn’t it? Well, it certainly a good start. Of course, times gone by, male folk would have baulked at a pink beer can. But not these days. These day, it’s something to be celebrated. So celebrate it we will.

It’s not all about show though. RfD can’t just pack a punch in the packaging department. Oh no! What we need it to do is come through on taste and it’s claimed refreshingness.

Hibiscus and prickly pear, there’s two ingredients I’d never thought I’d see in a beer. In hot climes, yes I’d expect to see them by the road side. But in a beer, packaged in a pink can, never. Does it work in the brewing though?

I’d don’t want to over egg it (or over beer it – get it?) but RfD hits the mark and yes, yes yes! It does work in the brewing.

It’s got a sharp nose with loads of oomph, which is a little fruity with a flowery hint in the background. Then, the main event is once again sharp upfront with an almost creamy finish that’s quite quick to end. And this quick finish is a clever feature of this beer. Sometime we want a long drawn out ending. Not the case here. The quick conclusion makes you want to go back to that sharp beginning that RfD offers. And the dryness is a welcome ending.

I’m sure RfD is not for all. I’m going to hedge my bets and tell you it’s almost not one for the purist. But hey, we can’t all be purists can we?

Sammy’s Rating: 87%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 81%

 

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COPPER HOUSE

STYLE: London Dry

ABV: 40%

KEY BOTANICAL: Sweet orange peel & Hibiscus flower

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: 1724 Tonic and Orange Twist Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Schweppes Signature Collection Tonic and Lemon Peel Garnish 

 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Princeton

Princeton ingredients and method:

50ml Copper House Gin

25ml Ruby Port

Dash of Orange Bitters

Stir in a mixing jug with ice until the temperature is cold enough to mist up the glass, and then strain into a cocktail glass. Squeeze a piece of lemon peel over the top.

 

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SMASH

BREWER: Brasserie Parisis, Ile de France, France

STYLE: Pale Ale

ABV: 5%

VESSEL: 33cl brown bottle

TWITTER: @La_Parisis

INSTAGRAM: brasserie_parisis

DATE OF POST: 20th June 2020

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Let me paint you a picture. You’re on holiday in France. The sun is blazing down. You’ve had a cracking day by the pool; time well spent with the family. You’ve kept the little ‘uns entertained and have worked up a sizeable dab-on in the process. You’re a bit sun kissed, a little weary (in a good holiday way) and you’re thirsty. It’s reached that time in the day: beer time. So, you reach for a local brew. You might be expecting a traditional French beer…
However, things aren’t quite what you’d expect…
To start with, Parisis Smash is strangely packaged. It’s odd. It’s bizarre. It’s not quite right. It doesn’t work.
Just when you think things will level out, you pour the beer and, my oh my, it is seriously carbonated. The bubbles froth up like Fairy Liquid (other washing-up detergents are available) on a bad day. Then you let your eyes drift to the colour presenting itself in the glass and you see something that looks like peach juice, which is not what you were hoping for. It’s off the beer colour scales. Not looking like the thirst quencher you were aiming for.
A brief whiff and there’s not much there in the nose. So, quickly to the drinking…
With Google translate, you manage to work out that the bottle promises citrus. This is not what you taste. No no. What you get is sweetness in the first instance followed by a very short bitterness. And it is thin. As thin as the bed sheet you’ve been using on the hot evenings. What a let down!
Is it unpleasant? Not really. But then it’s not good either. In fact, take the whole package and you’re disappointed.
Oh well, time to reach for a Kronenbourg…

Sammy’s Rating: 41%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

I’m going to use the actual testing notes that were scribbled in my notebook at the very time of test for the bulk of this review. Normally these notes are garbled nonsense that only I would understand but for once, they actually make a bit of sense and sum up what is going on with Smash (great name) pretty well…

Very weak floral nose

Pours cloudy with a peach colour

Crazy big bubbled head

Very thin and weak taste up front

Bitter lime kick in the middle, pleasant surprise

Long faint aftertaste

Not much going on other than the middle

Sh*t bottle

I think that it is probably fair to say that other than the bitter citrus lime kick that rolls into town once you have swallowed there aren’t too many positive things to say about this beer coming out of the French capital. That said, the lime kick in the middle is actually really nice but is just let down monumentally by everything else.

There is something to work with here for sure but to get this sucker up to good even, will take some head scratching.

Jymi’s Rating: 55%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 48%

 

MOB review next weekend: ROSÉ FOR DAZE by OSKAR BLUES BREWERY

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NEWTON HOUSE

STYLE: London Dry

ABV: 43.2%

KEY BOTANICAL: Liquorice Root and Almond 

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Inginius Tonic and Lime Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Tonic and Mint & Lime Garnish

 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Gin & It

Gin & It ingredients and method:

50ml Newton House Gin

50ml Sweet Vermouth 

2 Dashes of Regans Orange Bitters 

Stir all ingredients with plenty of ice then strain into an Old Fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a fresh orange slice.

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PIXEL PARTY

 

BREWER: Ridgeside, West Yorkshire, England with Elusive Brewing, Berkshire, England

STYLE: New Zealand IPA

ABV: 6%

VESSEL: 440ml tin 

TWITTER: @RidgesideBrewer   @ElusiveBrew

INSTAGRAM: ridgesidebrewery   elusivebrew

DATE OF POST: 12th June 2020

 

JYMI SAY’S…

What we have here I fear is a case of shabby packaging but high quality beer.

Let us take a step back in time to when we reviewed Fuck Art by To Øl. I seem to remember stating extremes along the lines of ‘this is the worst looking tin of beer I have ever seen’ and ‘this is one of the best beers that I have EVER consumed’.

Now Pixel Party does not have the worst packaging ever nor is it one of the very best beers that I’ve ever tasted but both are towards the end of those spectrums believe me.

Let’s continue on the positive first. This is an absolute cracker of a brew. A cracker I tell thee!! A classic NZIPA delivered by Rockridge up in West Yorkshire with some help from Elusive down in Berkshire. It is light but with an underpunch. It is very flavoursome without messing with your head. It is crazy refreshing and crushable and all weighing in at 6% ABV. There really isn’t anything negative going on here,  it’s just lovely and very well brewed.

Now packaging wise I really am not sure what the hell has happened. It is a total f**k up. I first approached it thinking “well this is fun”, but 3 seconds later came to my senses and realised the utter nightmare of it all. Everyone involved with this tin making it to the shelves looking like this needs to take a long hard look in the mirror as it is letting down a frankly excellent beer.

And that, is that.

Jymi’s Rating: 87%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Everyone loves a party. Well, almost everyone. As long as it’s your type of party that it is. And I’m going to be honest (it’s the best way to be), the sound of a Pixel Party sounds great to me. Proof will be in the drinking…

To begin with, it looks fantastic in the glass. Carrying on the party theme, the invitation is good. Top notch. It’s a party that you want to go to. Great start then.

And the Hors d’oeuvres are good too. Wonderful nose. I’m getting the impression I’m going to want to stay at this party. Could be an all nighter!

The main event is well worth waiting for too. Pixel Party brings it to the, err, party. Love the grapefruit flavours. Love the sharpness, the sourness. Love the mouthfeel. Looks like I’m staying. I want to meet, talk to and spend time with every guest.

So, Pixel Party is a party that I want to stay at. The only problem is, I ain’t that good at all nighters these days. You know, age and wot not. Still, that’s my problem. Pixel Party has no problems. Class act.

Sammy’s Rating: 88%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 87.5%

 

MOB review next weekend: SMASH by BRASSERIE PARISIS

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EDEN MILL LOVE GIN

STYLE: New Western

ABV: 42%

KEY BOTANICAL: Berries and Juniper 

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic and Strawberries & Black Pepper Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic and Grapefruit Garnish 

 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Gin Fixed

Gin Fixed ingredients and method:

50ml Eden Mill Love Gin

5ml Triple Sec

25ml Pineapple Juice

15ml Lemon Juice

5ml Sugar Syrup

Shake all ingredients in an iced cocktail shaker and strain over crushed ice into a highball glass. Churn and top with more ice. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and a sip straw.

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LIVEWIRE

BREWER: Electric Bear Brewing Co., Somerset, England

STYLE: IPA

ABV: 5.4%

VESSEL: 440ml tin

TWITTER: @ElectricBearUK

INSTAGRAM: electricbearbrewing

DATE OF POST: 5th June 2020

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Every single beer that I have ever tried from this Somerset brewer has taken me aback and made me nod my head very slowly in appreciation. OK, there have only ever been three occasions and two of their beers that I have tried but still, very impressed I was.

Inspector Remorse for a Muse on Booze review back in early January 2019 was first up and well and truly put these guys on the map for me.

Werrrd! for another review was next to come along and proved to me that Electric Bear Brewing Company were serious players.

The third time Electric Bear came my way was with Werrrd! once more, a couple of pintys at The Craft Beer Co. in Covent Garden, London. I chose this beer out of a huge selection purely because of how this brewery had delivered in the two we had already reviewed. Again, I was a happy customer.

So Livewire had a lot to live up to… and it did not disappoint.

She starts off with a lovely tropical flavour with some amazing bitter notes running alongside. The cascade and simcoe hops play their part in bringing this vibe to the party. Now the mouthfeel is a curious but very good one. It’s an almost playdough feel in the mouth (you’re going to have to trust me here, it works). On our can label Electric Bear tell us that there will be a peach fruit profile kicking around and they were not lying. It’s not too strong though, just sitting there in the background keeping things ticking along.

There is bags of flavour and I have to say from first clocking eyes on the tin to finishing the brew the whole experience was dang a delight.

Hat’s off once more to these most electric of bears.

Jymi’s Rating: 84%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Golden in colour, peach on the nose and palate, Livewire is one very good beer. It has fantastic presence in the mouth and packs bags full of flavour.
Electric Bear Brewing Co. have Livewire down as their flagship beer. And they are right to do so. It’s got tons of personality, so much so in fact, it would talk down Piers Morgan when he was on a good day.
I can’t think of an occasion when this beer wouldn’t work. As your first beer on a hot summer’s day, or as your finishing bevvie on a cold winter’s evening, Livewire would deliver every time. It really is that good.
Nothing more needs to be said – go and try it; you won’t regret it.

Sammy’s Rating: 88%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 86%

 

MOB review next weekend: PIXEL PARTY by RIDGESIDE BREWING CO.

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CITADELLE RESERVE

STYLE: Aged

ABV: 44%

KEY BOTANICAL: Almond

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Schweppes Ginger & Cardamon Tonic and Orange Garnish 

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Light Tonic and Cinnamon Stick Garnish

 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTION: Left Bank Martini

Left Bank Martini ingredients and method:

50ml Citadelle Reserve

15ml Dry Vermouth

15ml St Germain Liqueur

Splash of Dry White Wine

Stir all ingredients with plenty of ice in a mixing jar for a few minutes. Double strain into a chilled wine flute. Garnish with a single, floating, mint leaf.

 

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